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Alyssa- Let me make it plain and simple, I Love You.

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On Sep 22, 2005, at 11:22 PM, Alyssa Ryvers wrote:

> I don't have all that much time to get into this, but 1st off I 
> suspect that the formatting of the external drive should be done from 
> the 9.2 disk from the Apple Disk Utility. All drives on a Mac system 
> should be formatted using the appropriate version of the Apple Disk 
> Utility. If there is one piece of info I would like to help you with, 
> it is that one.
>
> Boot up from the 9.2 CD (or wait until you've installed 9.2 and run 
> the Utility from the internal drive where you installed the OS)
> Run Apple Disk Utility [from the CD] (this means that you are losing 
> all your info from your external hard drive - but it sounds like 
> you're OK with that?)
>
> Format your external drive using this Utility.
>
> Make sure to name the drive when you do this; if for some reason you 
> decide to rename the drive at a later time, be sure to run Norton 
> because there will be a directory error. (ie do yourself a favour and 
> don't rename the drive after you name and format it the first time)
>
> Then - I don't know - if your life still isn't dealing adequately, I 
> would try to find a fresh install of [complete] 9.2. Before that 
> though... did you unplug the external drive and any other peripherals 
> when you attempted to run the update? Also, did you boot off the CD? 
> You can change the bootup disk somewhere in your system folders (it's 
> been a while since I used 9 - but it's there somewhere - or there is 
> that damn key command when you boot up - whatever was it?). I would 
> suggest trying the update if you can do so by booting off the update 
> CD. Perhaps that's not possible? But worth a shot if you're having 
> problems.
>
>
> The great thing about system 9 is that you can back up the entire 
> operating system easily - you must know this. Just copy your boot 
> drive into a folder, on an external drive, and you will have a back up 
> (without having to resolve to special backup software)
>
> There is much I prefer about system 9...
>
> Hope that helps get the cogs turnin'
>
> Best,
>
> Alyssa.
> :)
>
> "If someone, holding fast to the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the 
> World's Sounds should enter a great fire, the fire could not burn 
> him...If one were washed away by a great flood and call upon his name, 
> one would immediately find himself in a shallow place." (The Lotus 
> Sutra)
> On 22-Sep-05, at 9:13 PM, Aaron Levinson wrote:
>
>> Dear Tech Folks-
>>
>> I am running a pro-tools rig( 2 888 24's) and we recently purchased 
>> an external drive so we were not saving session files
>> to the same drive that the application is running on. The computer is 
>> a dual processor G4 tower. After a few attempts to drag
>> and save the session files onto the external drive we concluded that 
>> the drive was not being recognized as it should be.
>>
>>  To make a hideously long story somewhat shorter, I retrieved the 
>> original box the drive came in and discovered, much to my chagrin, 
>> that the device will not operate with anything earlier than OS 9.2. I 
>> am, of course, running OS 9.1! Okay so we go to the mac.com site and 
>> download the OS 9.2 update file onto the external drive and plug it 
>> back into the firewire port on the back of the G4. However, as the 
>> engineers out there will no doubt notice at this point we are caught 
>> in an audio Catch-22- the system still
>> cannot recognize the external drive that now has the 9.2 updater on 
>> it cause the G4 can't find it-  its still running 9.1! So we tried
>> to burn OS 9.2 to a CD instead and take it off the CD. However, very 
>> mysteriously this solution did not work...Now I'm puzzled.
>> The error prompt we get says that the install cannot be completed 
>> because the computer can't read and I quote, "the installation
>> tome". What on God's green earth is an "Installation Tome"(Sound 
>> Joycean and imposing in any case) and how do I get
>> this to work. The external drive is made by a company called Western 
>> Digital I believe...Can anyone far smarter than
>> moi lend a digital hand on this bit of arcane computerese? What are 
>> we doing wrong and what do we need to do to get it
>> to work. I have updated the OS on various macs I've owned over the 
>> years and I've never had this kind of problem or seen
>> this prompt. Any thoughts?
>>
>> Aaron Luis Levinson
>> Libertad Records
>> Conshohocken, PA
>>
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